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Roq’Acro: Tim Alongi is France’s new acro champion

Roq’Acro: Tim Alongi is France’s new acro champion

Tim Alongi became France’s new paragliding acro champion, winning the French Championships during Roq’Acro at Roquebrune which took place from 29 October – 1 November 2016. The end-of-season bash, organised by Roquebrun’Ailes, took place on Cabbe beach under Mediterranean blue skies and sunshine. There was a friendly comp as well as the French championships, and fifty competitors, of which six were women, took part. […]

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Niviuk release Klimber P – lightweight EN D

Niviuk release Klimber P – lightweight EN D

Niviuk have officially released the Klimber P, the wing Gavin McClurg used for the Alaska traverse in May 2016.  It’s the company’s first lightweight, high-performance EN-D wing, and they say it’s aimed at expert pilots wanting top performance in a lightweight package for hike-and-fly and vol-bivouac adventures. The Klimber P has an aspect ratio of 7 and a top speed […]

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Video: Twins paramotor to Australia’s Red Pole

Video: Twins paramotor to Australia’s Red Pole

British twins Hugo and Ross Turner, along with photographer and guide Kestor Haynes, flew by paramotor to the centre of Australia in August 2016. They confirmed the exact location of the centre of Australia with he Australian government before setting off. It is northwest of Alice Springs in a remote part of the country known […]

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U-Turn Blackout+ acro wing

U-Turn Blackout+ acro wing

“Dynamic with easy handling” and their “most balanced acro wing yet”, is how U-Turn describe the Blackout+. Prototypes were tested by U-Turn’s Acro Team pilots during the competition season, and tweaked so that the final version delivers dynamic and precise handling in a wing that is forgiving of errors. U-Turn say the Blackout+ is suitable for a wide range of pilots from […]

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Top 10 Christmas gifts for the pilot in your life

Top 10 Christmas gifts for the pilot in your life

Looking for a present for a pilot? Here’s our top ten gift ideas list for paraglider, hang glider and paramotor pilots this Christmas 2016… Mastering Paragliding, £24.95 This top instructional book by paragliding guide Kelly Farina was published in 2016 and is receiving praise by pilots worldwide. In our opinion, it fills a big gap […]

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Icaro Gravis: heart of the B-class

Icaro Gravis: heart of the B-class

Icaro’s Gravis is a cross-country paraglider that they say fits right in the middle of the EN-B category. Icaro say it combines efficiency, performance and precision with excellent safety characteristics, and is suitable for pilots just entering the B category, as well as seasoned cross-country pilots. The Gravis will be available in five sizes from 2017. icaro-paragliders.com • Got […]

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Hang Glider 2017 calendar now on sale!

Hang Glider 2017 calendar now on sale!

SVS Designs’s 2017 Hangglider calendar went on sale on 25 November 2016. The A3 calendar contains photos from 48 pilots from all over the world, and can be bought online for €20, with discounts available for multiple purchases. www.hanggliderproducts.com • Got news? Send it to us at news@xcmag.com. Subscribe to the world’s favourite hang gliding and paragliding […]

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Flying Underground: PPG in a Romanian Salt mine

Flying Underground: PPG in a Romanian Salt mine

Romanian pilots Ionuț Riteș and Adrian Buzan flew their paramotors underground in a disused salt mine in Romania, earning them a ‘unique world record‘ for the ‘deepest paramotoring flight’. The flight, which took place on 22 March 2016, was at at 208m below sea level in the Prahova salt mine, 100km north of Bucharest. Salt has not been mined […]

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Video: Happy birthday XContest!

Video: Happy birthday XContest!

XContest is celebrating ten years in 2017! The online hang gliding and paragliding cross-country flight platform has grown into a worldwide flight database and an invaluable resource to all pilots. 11,400 pilots registered flights on it in the 2016 season. This video, created by David Bzirský and Soňa Perglerová, was made for the Czech paragliding cup 2016 prizegiving ceremony, and then […]

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Niviuk introduce the Roller, speedflying wing

Niviuk introduce the Roller, speedflying wing

Niviuk have added an EN-certified speedflying wing, the Roller, to their range. They say it’s a fast and versatile wing that can perform infinite turns, barrel rolls, swoops and carving, and fly in winds up to 70km/h.  French Niviuk team pilot Julien Meyer says: Using the trimmers during a nil-wind take-off, at first I was surprised at the acceleration […]

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Job at Moyes: Fitter Machinist required

Job at Moyes: Fitter Machinist required

Moyes have a position vacant for a full-time Fitter Machinist to work with their team in Australia. Are you: Great with your hands Have trade Qualifications as a Fitter Machinist Able to accept multiple responsibilities Do you: Enjoy a variety of work Have strong attention to detail Strive to achieve perfection We are looking for someone to […]

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Niviuk’s tandem single-skinner: Bi Skin 2P

Niviuk’s tandem single-skinner: Bi Skin 2P

On 3 November 2016 Niviuk released the Bi Skin 2P – a single-surface tandem wing that weighs just 3.3kg and is EN-B certified. The 31m² wing is certified for loads of up to to 190kg, and Niviuk say it is confidence-inspiring and surprisingly agile to fly. It launches easily with a short take-off run and in very […]

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Moyes Gecko Challenge: 212km to beat

Moyes Gecko Challenge: 212km to beat

Moyes are reminding Gecko pilots that they have until 12 July 2017 to beat ‘Gecko Girl’ Niki Longshore’s 212km flight, and win the Gecko Challenge. The prize is a brand new Moyes custom harness of the pilot’s choice. Moyes say: Take lots of pics and jot down your story, we want to hear all about it. Your track […]

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Adventure Flying hang gliding calendar 2017

Adventure Flying hang gliding calendar 2017

Adventure Flying, Gerolf Heinrich’s company which runs hang gliding courses in the Alps, have produced a glossy hang gliding calendar for 2017. The page-a-month A3 calendar features 12 hang gliding shots from around the globe, and is printed on thick premium silk matt paper, and pre-filled with some hang gliding dates to note for 2017. The calendar can […]

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Sol release Auster GT, reflex paramotor wing

Sol release Auster GT, reflex paramotor wing

Sol have launched their second full-reflex wing for exclusive paramotor use. The Auster GT is aimed at qualified pilots and designed for longer flights. Sol say the Auster GT offers safety and speed, stability and comfort, and all of this with a pleasing ease of use. Features: Dual control – for open, flat turns or tighter turns Risers – precise and easy […]

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Sky Eyrie Light PG rucksack

Sky Eyrie Light PG rucksack

Part of Sky’s Light Line series of gear, the Eyrie Light is a 95 litre rucksack that weighs just 750g, built for serious hiking. It comes from the full-fat Eyrie, which is 1.4kg, so at 750g is significantly lighter. It’s made from strong and light materials in a slim design with dual density carrying straps and ‘on […]

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Skywalk to release Chili4 in November 2016

Skywalk to release Chili4 in November 2016

Skywalk have annouced the release of the new EN-B Chili4 for mid-November 2016. Skywalk say it has better performance than the Chili3 and good stability, saying it flies “as if on rails, even in turbulent conditions”, and calling it the “climbing king of the EN-B class”. It features a new canopy concept with a slightly higher […]

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ParaLog app: Logbook and Recorder for Android

ParaLog app: Logbook and Recorder for Android

The team behind the online Paragliding Logbook have released a free app for Android, that allows you to use your phone as a flight recorder, and save it straight into your log book.  They say it’s very easy and fast to use : Enable the GPS and launch the App. (First time only) Give permission to use […]

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Antoine Girard nominated for Adventurer of the Year 2017

Antoine Girard nominated for Adventurer of the Year 2017

French paraglider pilot Antoine Girard has been nominated for the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year People’s Choice Award 2017 for his historic flight over 8,057m Broad Peak in Pakistan in August. This is hugely prestigious award, with international and global reach. You can vote once for him every day, from now until 16 December […]

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World Champion Christian Ciech wins Iquique HG Open

World Champion Christian Ciech wins Iquique HG Open

World and European Hang Gliding Champion Christian Ciech won the Iquique Hang Gliding Open, which took place in Chile between 30 October and 4 November 2016.  Ciech won all but the first of the six tasks in the Open event, finishing ahead of Christian Cid (CL). There was a separate Sport Class too, which was won by Gerardo Rocha of […]

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